Friday, February 27, 2015

Greece needs to proceed with reforms and with a new final agreement with its creditors, Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras said on Thursday (February 26); he predicted that the economy could remain on the path to growth this year, provided that the uncertainties are lifted.

Presenting the central bank’s annual report [in Greek] Stournaras said that the recent Eurogroup decision was "positive;" he added that "negotiations with our partners must continue in a spirit of cooperation and trust so that we can soon reach a final agreement that will be mutually beneficial"

He noted that Greece needed a single cohesive growth program, based on strengthening production through investments and mostly through structural reforms. However, he pointed out that the basic condition for growth is "to remain focused on the country’s European prospects and implement the recent agreement as soon as possible."

The Athens Law School Team has won the third edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention on Human Rights, after beating a team from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) in the final round.

Moreover, the Best Orator prize was awarded to Myrto Stavridi, also from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Best Respondent Written Submission prize was given to the teams from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and from the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece).

The Moot Court Competition offers law students practical experience on the European Convention on Human Rights and its implementation. The winning team is awarded a traineeship at the Court. The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) with the support of the Council of Europe.

See also Greek News Agenda: Law School Team

The Athens Comics Library, the first Greek comics’ library made its grand opening last week (11.02) at the Impact Hub Athens.

Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building in the region of Psyrri, the Library aspires to gather not only comic enthusiasts but also students, teachers and librarians, who wish to benefit from its multidisciplinary projects. 

The Athens Comic Library is the product of collaboration between Comicdom Press and Impact Hub Athens. It will host more than 2,000 titles of Greek and international comics and graphic novels. Subscribers can borrow up to 5 books per month (for 2-weeks) and at the same time have access to a digital archive of 12000 titles.

The Greek diaspora in the United States is very familiar with the subject of the exhibition currently on display at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The history of Greek-owned diners in the United States - a business as old as the Greek American Community - is being hosted in partnership with the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State.

"Restaurants represent the intersection of Greek food, culture, and entrepreneurship, and the profession of choice for many Greeks who put down roots in the area. But beyond the menu, Greek traits were still evident and relationships were the key. Greek traditions of hospitality and building lasting connections with patrons combined to create a code of business that elevates customers to friends."

The exhibition "A place at the table - Over 100 Years of Greek Restaurants, Culture and the Entrepreneurial Spirit" opened earlier this month and runs through May 31.

The world of the Ancient Greeks, with their legendary gods, fabled heroes and mythical creatures has been inspiring board game designers around the world to create a host of popular games drawing from their perennially loved tales and legends:
The Cyclades board game involves players vying for the favour of the Gods in order to conquer or develop areas in the Cyclades islands; Creekos is a trick-taking card game that pits two partnerships of two players against one another, first in an auction to determine the power of their cards, then in the card play itself; the Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes fought with legendary monsters and sought the assistance of their gods, who intervened in mortal affairs, to flatten enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms; Olympus is a non-random strategy game, based on worker-placement, resource management and building an efficient engine to score victory points (VPs), with each player leads a city-state; and in Hera and Zeus, players are opposing gods bent on destroying each other because each kidnapped the other's favorite mortal.